Hello, readers! The FGSG crew was able to see Let Me In yesterday afternoon. Our feelings are overall positive, but we spent at least an hour discussing it both on its own merit and in comparison to the Swedish film and novel. We had a lot to say and there’s a review coming soon.
We want to hear from you too. Did you see any of last week’s new offerings? What did you think?
Moving on, though, I’m back again to discuss this week’s horror film releases. Since this is October, we are flooded with lots of new options each week. It’s delightful, but a bit overwhelming when you’re a horror film fan with limited time and ticket money. We’re not official critics and we don’t get screeners or advance perks very often. However, we’re passionate about the medium and we hope we can help you find the right selections. Let’s start with theater releases and then discuss DVDs this time. (All dates are based on the U.S. release schedule)
Theatre Releases, October 8th
This “buried-alive” film had a limited release in September, but I haven’t seen any sign of it in our area. For those of you who did get a chance to see it, what did you think? For the rest of us, it comes out this Friday. Can a film that never leaves the interior of a coffin stay engaging for 95 minutes? This film has been getting lots of positive buzz for months, so it sounds like it can. I’m hoping to find out for myself this weekend.
My Soul to Take
Sixteen years after a serial killer’s supposed death, the murders start again. Is there a conspiracy or are supernatural forces at work? I believe Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) is returning to the director’s chair for the first time in five years with this one. I hunted for some early reviews and I’m not finding anything. Not usually a good sign, but there’s still hope. I must admit I’m a bit disappointed with this trailer. (Pet peeves: Bad metal songs in your horror movie, Unnecessary 3D) I’m not expecting anything special, but I’ll keep an eye out for reviews as they come in. Regardless, it’s certainly nice to see Craven’s return.
I Spit on your Grave
Sigh. Thank goodness we’ve started remaking and releasing all of the classics of the Rape Revenge sub-genre. OK, I admit I’ve never seen the original. I know I lose horror cred on that one and I’ll eventually check it out. Word is this film contains a 30-minute rape sequence, though, which does sound excessive. I have no problem with rape being used as an element in a story if it’s handled very well (Titus, for instance, is excellent) and I understand the importance of the Exploitation flicks in horror history, but this is a sub-genre I could live without. Especially with its tacked-on phony feminism. Reviews are fair. Mostly for the gore factor. I might check it out one day.
DVD Releases, October 5th
(Blu-Ray exclusives not included)
30 Days of Night: Dark Days
The straight-to-video sequel of the original graphic novel adaptation, 30 Days of Night. Reviews aren’t very positive, but it might make a fun movie night selection if you like vampires.
Oh boy. If you’re a big horror fan, you’ve already seen this or you know what’s coming. I’m trying to keep my DVD write-ups brief. If you don’t know what this film’s about, I have a simple question for you. How does this diagram make you feel?
Nightmare on Elm Street
If you’re a Freddy completist, you’re likely to see this whether you’re happy about it or not. Sure, it’s worth watching once, but I was pretty disappointed. After years of cartoony Freddy films, I was anxious to see a remake that would take the story back to its darker roots. Although this film does attempt a darker mood, it’s not a success. There are so many reviews of this online, so I’ll wrap it up. Curious: Is final boy, Kyle Gallner, becoming a scream queen? Stay tuned for further developments.
The Oxford Murders
I’m a big fan of Alex de la Iglesia (Day of the Beast, The Baby’s Room) and I was surprised to see this film on the release schedule. With talent like Elijah Wood and John Hurt even. I’d never heard about it before, but this murder and math thriller could be good. It’s on my queue.
Full disclosure: I have a weakness for movies like this. I will never be able to deny a giant ocean monster attacking an isolated base. I’m just not built that way. This doesn’t look particularly good, but I am going to watch it anyway. Look at this cover. Look at it.
The Slumber Party Massacre Collection
Warning! Trailer contains boobs!
A release of some 80’s slasher material from Roger Corman‘s Cult Classics. I haven’t seen any of these, so forgive my ignorance on the matter, but it looks like these films are almost exclusively written and directed by women. I’m not sure what to make of that since it looks like standard exploitation cinema. I may have to investigate.
Once again, there are reviews all over the web for this one. I’ll keep it short. Recommended. It’s not the Species-style monster movie it’s marketed as. If anything, it’s a meditation on parenthood with diversions into the very strange. This one stayed with me for awhile.
My pick this week?
Tough one. I’m going to have to go with Buried. Go see Buried and then work your way through some of these very quality DVD offerings as you have the time.
Thank you for reading. The Let Me In review is coming soon.